The 2021 WSOP Event #43 $1,000 Double Stack drew an impressive field of 3,991 players across two opening days on Friday and Saturday to generate a total prize pool of $3,551,990. The 1,064 players who survived their opening day flights returned for Day 2 of the Double Stack on Sunday and played 10 levels, whittling the field down to just 149 players left heading into Monday’s Day 3. Sitting atop the leaderboard in chips among those remaining players was PokerGO commentator and PokerNews Podcast co-host Jeff Platt.
Platt is best known in the poker community for his work in broadcasting as a play-by-play announcer, sideline reporter, and host on PokerGO’s No Gamble No Future. But he is also no stranger to deep runs in the World Series of Poker. Platt has 14 WSOP live cashes, 14 WSOP online cashes, and 11 WSOP circuit event cashes on his poker resume. He most notably made deep runs in back-to-back WSOP Main Events in 2014 (finishing in 203rd place for $44,728) and in 2015 (finishing in 60th place for $113,764).
Jeff Platt’s Day 2 went “really, really well”
We caught up with Platt after his big run at the end of Day 2 allowed him to bag the tournament’s largest remaining stack of 3,315,000 chips, and asked him to walk us through how the day unfolded.
“Allow me to state the obvious, today went really, really well,” Platt said. “I was down to about 10 BB about three hands in, and just managed to chip up from there throughout the course of the day. Everything came together during the last two hours of the night. I was at a really tough table and was fortunate to have made some hands and gotten a couple bluffs through. Of course, you have to run super hot to bag the chip lead, and that’s what happened.”
Platt knows that the hardest part of the tournament remains ahead of him. The Double Stack is still scheduled to run for three more days due to its large starting field, hour-long levels and solid structure.
“I’m so excited for tomorrow, but I know there’s so much work left to do. I’ve seen chip leads disappear very, very quickly. It’s just thrilling to be playing at another day of the World Series of Poker, really. I’m feeling very fortunate.”
Day 3 kicks off at 10am PST on Monday morning and will play for another 10 levels. Day 4 will be played down to five players on Tuesday, and those five will return to play down to a winner on Wednesday. Platt and the rest of the remaining players in this event are playing for a top prize of $446,983.
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